Loqua: Chastity, Destiny, Colleen
Artists: Lindsay Delaronde (Mohawk Nation), Naomi Kennedy (Lesbian Nation)
Loqua: Chastity Destiny Colleen
“There is no division between our lives, our work, are art. Each of us chooses the way she will challenge the limits: That is our art, too. Beauty is whatever we create. Whatever we create is beauty. We cannot be contained.”
~ Barbara Starrett
SHOW ON NOW THROUGH TO APRIL 15, 2014 @ CAMAS
ARTIST TALK & TEA TIME
SUN APRIL 6, 2014 @ CAMAS
Come meet the artists and have a discussion with them about the show!
Camas Books and Infoshop is pleased to acknowledge the support of the CRD Arts Development Service in the production of this exhibition series.
Lindsay Delaronde, an Iroquois, Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, has been a professional practicing artist for the past 5 years. She began her journey to become an artist travelling to the West Coast of British Columbia. Obtaining her B.F.A at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, followed by a M.F.A from the University of Victoria, Delaronde continues her art career creating artworks directly related to being an Indigenous woman in contemporary mainstream society.
Delaronde is a multi- disciplinary visual artist whom has executed artworks in print-making (silk-screen printing and photos transfers), painting, drawing and video all with the motivation to expand the evolution of Indigenous peoples and their histories. She intends to construct Indigenous perspectives within Western society to bring forth truth and reconciliation through the act of creation and visual understanding.
The intentions of her work is to manifest the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginals and also the inter-cultural respects among allies, nation-to-nation. Utilizing contemporary techniques of making art, Delaronde utilizes Native and non-Native imagery to intrude new understandings of contemporary Native life, also embracing the beauty and respect she has for her culture. Her art has the power to respond to the past while creating new images for the future.
As Naomi explores the many facets of self, she knows spirit to be coursing through her work. All aspects of her practice are meant to be a healing compound of others and herself. Naomi reflects on where she has been as well as also attempts to project forward the life and love she intended to manifest in this realm. From a young age Naomi was drawn into art and the unknown of spirituality. Naomi feels that her art practice is best described by a metaphor of the Ancient primordial being, the snake. When a serpent is about to shed its skin its eyes cloud over it becomes more aggressive till it hits something hard. With this impact then comes sight and the snake begins to work and its way out of the past. Till it is left with a skin showing all that it has endured to get to this place in its growth. For Naomi this is very much a description of her art process, the pieces being the casing skins that she has laboriously shed off to reveille the path of which she has journeyed in her growth.